These are the countries with the youngest populations in the world – 24/7 Wall St.


Not only the size but also the age of the population in each country is a key factor in determining its social health and economic development.

With this in mind, 24/7 Wall St. has identified the youngest countries. It turns out that most are in sub-Saharan Africa – the notable exception being Afghanistan, a country that has faced a unique set of challenges over the past two decades. (Some of them are among the 29 countries the U.S. government doesn’t want you to visit.)

These countries generally face economic challenges and do not have the emigration safety valve, as their citizens are rarely welcomed elsewhere. (Many are among the poorest countries in the world.)

Click here to see the countries with the youngest populations in the world.

To identify countries with the youngest populations in the world, 24/7 Wall St. examined the percentage of each country’s population aged 65 and over, the total population, and the age dependency ratio (the ratio of people over 65 to the population) of World Bank World Development Indicators for 2019.

In addition to their economic struggles, many of the countries on this list are plagued by civil unrest and sometimes outright war, as well as environmental issues such as drought and desertification, and many have suffered greatly from the COVID-19. But it would be wrong to see only the challenges they face: countries with young populations can be vibrant and energetic and quickly seize the opportunities that come their way.

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